Quebrantahuesos is a huge bike race in the Pyrenees that shares its name with our famous Lammergeier vulture which is called ‘Quebrantahuesos’ in Spanish or the ‘bone-crusher’!
It’s a appropriate name for this beast of a race which is 200km, crosses three big cols and has an enormous amount of height again.
There is also a shorter race called Treppariscos (the Spanish name for the wallcreeper) whcih is a more manageable 85km with 1500 metres of ascent. Needless to say this is the one that I do!
The race is a big event in the valley with over 10,000 cyclists taking part. Both routes pass through Biescas and its a great site watching all of the bikes pass through. The routes are fantastic and there’s a great atmosphere amongst the riders.
I’ve just put in my entry for the 2016 race which takes place on June 18 this year. Inscriptions are open for another week at the Quebrantahuesos website – if you’re a road biker that fancies a challenge then sign up and have a go.
The Pyrenees is home to some superb road biking and it’s something that I’m doing more of these days. Watch this space but we are hoping to start offering road biking holidays in 2017 with a route that starts in Spain, heads across to France to knock off Tormalet and Aubisque, two of the most famous cols in the Tour de France, before heading back into Spain and cycling around the Ordesa National Park.